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Abu Dhabi 2010 - Free Practice 3 // Final preparations ahead of final qualifying at the final race weekend

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Renault wheel Kubica's car back into the garage during practice
Credit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

It's been a mixed couple of sessions so far, with Red Bull ahead in one, and McLaren ahead in the other. For Red Bull, it's Vettel who has been near the top, with Webber unable to make the top three in either of the sessions. However, RBR are tweaking new parts on the car, so speed may not have been their benchmark for practice.

Free Practice 3 starts at 10:00 GMT (14:00 local time) and knocks half an hour off yesterdays running time - they're on track for just 60 minutes.

Weather update

clear

Yas Island, Friday

29℃

  • Low 19℃
  • Humidity 47%

Clear

Yesterdays rain was unexpected, but today we are not anticipating any showers. So there may be some precipitation any second now. Seriously though, the temperatures look nice and high, and assuming the clouds remain at bay, we should see some sensible running ahead of qualifying.

Free Practice 3 results from 2009

Last year Kovalainen topped the second Friday practice session in his McLaren. Here's how the top three finished.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Heikki KovalainenMcLaren1:41.30735
2Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:41.50434
3Jenson ButtonBrawn GP1:41.54139
1Jenson Button1:40.62521
2Lewis Hamilton1:40.62718
3Rubens Barrichello1:40.90720

One to watch

Bruno Senna finished directly at the bottom of the timesheets for FP2 yesterday, and whilst we all know that the times are not necessarily representative, Bruno needs to start beating his teammate. He's had the luxury of more seat time in the car than any of his teammate rivals, but there are a lot of names in the frame for an HRT race drive for 2011, and being beaten by Klien isn't going to help you get one of the two opportunities.

He did, however, have a bit of an issue with Hamilton and the pit entry, which the McLaren driver was later reprimanded for, so keep an eye on that pesky pit lane as well.

Predictions please

Will the weather remain dry throughout? Will we see any unfortunate incidents and drivers meeting a sticky early end to the session? Will anyone else struggle with the pitlane entry? Who will end the morning on top? Will the times be representative of qualifying?

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It's been a mixed couple of sessions so far, with Red Bull ahead in one, and McLaren ahead in the other. For Red Bull, it's Vettel who has been near the top, with Webber unable to make the top three in either of the sessions. However, RBR are tweaking new parts on the car, so speed may not have been their benchmark for practice.
Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

Event start

10:00GMT +00:00

13 November 2010